Is the sport becoming more for the wealthy? Interesting replies, views and posts DebMc. I can say, knowing several in various dicsiplines not just ballroom "what the market will bear" seems to be in the mix. I can also say, having close friends whose Dear Significant Other (if there is one) is typically in very high paying professions and the DSO has no idea his/her partner/husband/wife is dancing their feet off - only the SO is quite happy. Having had a job where I was on jets/hotels/strange places/ I'm not one for the nuances of new dresses, comps every time I turn around, hotels, etc. I am one to practice practice practice, and the quality of my lesson is ultimately my choice. There are other things in my life that will take priority in terms of time, focus, travel, money, that while Dance is a passion, I can still remember decades ago, my circle of dance buddies saying, "yeah, they look the part,,,but can't dance worth a lick of salt"...lol, wink! It's all in what a person deems is important to them - regardless of hobbies, passions, outside interests. My husband said, awhile ago, "geezzz if they thought that horseracing was the sport of kings,,,they need to take another look at the cost of Pro/Am Dancing/Ballroom Comps!" (he should know, we use to have racehorses). It made me laugh,,,,but I'm content,,,,with a few lessons, 1 or 2 comps if that sometimes 3 or 4, and just working on improving my own dancing for myself when and if finances agree. Is there anything that can make it easier/affordable for pro/am in the future? who knows....I'm pretty sure every sport, every enthusiast wishes that for their own avenues in life.